I stopped at a beach on the north end of Lake Mille Lacs* back in early October and took this photo of a drift of sea shells. Mille Lacs is a large lake in central Minnesota. In some places, the distance across the lake is great enough that you can’t see the other shore–just the horizon.
I hadn’t previously been to this beach. When I arrived, I walked down to it and, stepping down onto the sand, saw a bunch of what I thought at first were large acorns. And then I realized that they were in fact empty snail shells. Drifts of them had accumulated along the beach. I was fascinated by them and so took this photo.
I took the photo with my Nagaoka “Woody” 4×5 field camera, a lightweight folding camera with a wooden body. I love the Woody. It has only a limited range of movements–some tilt on front and rear standard, rise on the front standard, and a bit of kludgy swing on the rear standard. It doesn’t have any shift, which is a bit of a bummer. But it’s very light, and it works just fine for most of what I need it to do when I’m doing landscape photography.
I used a Fujinon-W 180mm lens. This is probably my favorite lens. It’s very sharp, and it doesn’t introduce any distortion. It’s the equivalent of about a 52mm lens on a 35mm camera. I use it more than any of my other lenses.
I used a bit of front tilt to try to get as much of the image sharp as I could get. I think that it worked out pretty well. I did crop out a bit to avoid some softness at top and bottom of the image.
I used Ilford Delta 100 film, with a one-eighth (1/8th) second exposure at f/32. I developed the negative in Rodinal, using a 1:100 dilution, for 18 minutes, then scanned the negative. I think that I may print this image, as I think that the print will give better tones than did the scanning.
Here’s a photo of my setup for the shot:
* Yes, “Lake Mille Lacs,” which means, in essence, “Lake Thousand Lakes.”